Full-Scale Facility Also Used To Tweak Existing CTsw
As part of its new aircraft model plans and to better
incorporate changes aimed at fulfilling customer requests, Flight
Design recently put their CT development model though a full-size
wind tunnel evaluation. Such testing is routine in aerospace
companies... but is rarely done with a 100%-scale aircraft.
"Our CT aircraft for the European market had as original design
goals speed, comfort, range, and responsive handling," said
Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design GmbH.
That model worked well for experienced European pilots... "but
as the US created the Special Light-Sport Aircraft category, our
market got much broader and an updated design is smart to maintain
market leadership," Betsch continued.
The wind tunnel allowed detailed study of aerodynamic efficiency
to preserve more performance while enhancing longitudinal stability
yet adding little additional weight to the airframe.
"We discovered lightweight methods to subtly refine the design
to reduce interference points and produce greater performance and
improved fuel economy," said Oliver Reinhardt, Technical Director
for Flight Design GmbH. "We also wanted to test fuselage
alterations and new landing gear fairings."
The company regards collected information as proprietary and has
no plans to release test data, however, the results will be used in
future Flight Design aircraft models.
Besides using the Mercedes Wind Tunnel Testing Facility, the
Flight Design Team works in close cooperation with its design and
manufacturing partners in many countries. Company managers and
engineers have been at work for two years on new model concepts,
development, testing, and maintaining certification standards in
all design work.
Flight Design has committed itself to at least one new major
aircraft model introduction in 2008.
"All Flight Design are offered for sale only after all design
and development is complete and when the model is fully certified
according to each country’s certification system," confirmed